Chelsea went into the international break on a scoring spree against Tottenham and Manchester City and now face another serious challenge on Tyneside against Eddie Howe's Newcastle United.
Chelsea Draw No Bet - 5/6
Newcastle's last five home games against top-flight opponents have produced five wins without a single goal conceded, but with injuries to key men still biting, their hot streak on Tyneside looks set to end.
The international break came at a good time for Eddie Howe's side, who signed off with back-to-back 2-0 defeats at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and Bournemouth in the Premier League.
The first of those losses perhaps wasn't entirely unexpected, the second, however, was a real sickener, though a lengthy list of injuries did not help their plight.
One or two key men are on the mend and Bruno Guimaraes, who missed the trip to Dorset through suspension, is available, though they are still minus a glut of key men including Dan Burn, Lewis Hall, Harvey Barnes and Callum Wilson.
This looks like a really good opportunity for Chelsea to get something from a place where they have won on two of their last three visits.
Strides are clearly being made under Mauricio Pochettino, who was delighted to go into the international break on the back of a four-point haul off Tottenham and Manchester City, winning 4-1 at Spurs before holding the champions in a 4-4 thriller.
They profited from two Tottenham red cards in the first of those two, but were all energy, pace and fearlessness against City, who they ran ragged on occasions at Stamford Bridge.
Cole Palmer's arrival has added a fresh swagger to a forward line where Raheem Sterling continues to star and even Nicolas Jackson is beginning to look the part.
Just four points now separates two teams, who looked miles apart heading into the season and back Chelsea's revival to continue.
Cole Palmer to score or assist - 6/4
Cole Palmer has added a dash of class and confidence to the Chelsea side and he looks a good bet to score or assist at St James' Park.
The 21-year-old has been instrumental in Chelsea's revival and has been rewarded for his sparkling form by earning a first Engand cap.
Typically of someone who has emerged from under Pep Guardiola's wing, the ex-Manchester City playmaker is stacked high with confidence - best illustrated by the calmness he demonstrated dispatching his late, game-saving penalty against City.
That's four penalties scored now - plus a trio of assists - which is a more than decent return for a player who has only cemented a place in Pochettino's side over the last six matches.
Nicolas Jackson to be booked - 7/5
A route to riches this season has been backing Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson to get booked and there seems no reason to be ripping up the winning ticket just yet.
Jackson has played in 11 of Chelsea's top-flight matches this season and has found his way into the referee's notebook in seven of them. The only game he has missed, therefore, was inevitably through suspension.
The Senegal striker isn't a dirty player, but he is niggly and does backchat and in the current hardline era on dissent it means his bookings count is unlikely to stop any time soon.
Bruno Guimaraes returns from suspension, while Fabian Schar has trained after an injury. Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak could also be involved after setbacks.
Sean Longstaff is a doubt, while Callum Wilson, Dan Burn, Harvey Barnes and Jacob Murphy are definitely out. Loanee Lewis Hall also can't play against his parent club.
Defenders Levin Colwill and Malo Gusto have returned to training and should be available.
Christopher Nkunku has trained fully for the first time for his new club, but Romeo Lavia, Ben Chilwell and Carney Chukwuemeka remain sidelined.
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